It's that time of year again. The leaves have turned color, and the temperature is dropping.
This prompts us to remember the warmth and fun of summer, and regret we took it for granted and spent it at the office.
To protect against repeating this failure, we take a long weekend to think about all we've been blessed with, and give thanks. We stuff ourselves silly and stare in a stupor at the football game on our big screens. Then we sleep it off and go max out the credit cards, buying every shiny bit of stupid we can get our chubby fingers on.
I want this year to be different. I want to remember what I'm thankful for and dwell on it a bit.
So here it is:
What I'm Thankful For:
Friends and family - We've all had a tough year, it seems. No one was exempt this time around. But while it was a rocky road, the journey has been worth it. We've all banded together. We've helped each other through, and we're all closer for it. Thank you.
The Internet - Ahh, The Internet. What would we do without it? Actually drive to the store? Talk to the bank teller? Write letters? Rent videos? No thanks! Umm, I mean...thanks!
Cars - Faster than horses and cleaner, too. I'm glad my generation got to skip that whole "pick up horse poop" bit. Thank you.
Chips and Salsa - Thank you, Pace. You make the evening lull between getting off work and eating dinner that much better. You may be thick, but you are also chunky. Thank you.
My Server Room - It's hot in there. It's packed to the ceiling with old junk. It has the Linux Box From Hell. But you know what? It's quiet. There are no users in there. Thank you!
Grace - The wages of sin are death, and I'm a sinner. I'm helpless to do anything about my eternal condition on my own. Heck, I can't even drive to the mall without my GPS. God made Heaven, and then set the price of admission at "being perfect". Sounded like a bum deal and a place for elitists until I realized no one else can get in, either. But wait - God just paid my admission and invited me in! Why? He's holy, I'm not, and He loves me. Thank You!
Baseball - I know I'm the only one left who loves it, but I don't care. All the guys at work complain that it's 'slow'. But they're accountants and golfers, so who are they to talk? Don't worry, Baseball - I appreciate you. Thanks.
Christmas - I know, it's Thanksgiving and I'm jumping the gun. I'll agree with you that the stores put Christmas stuff out way too early. I'll agree with you my neighbors shouldn't have decked out their homes in lights two whole weeks ago. But what I'm not telling you is my dirty little secret: I've been listening to Christmas music in my car since June and can't wait until Black Friday when I can go nuts with all things Christmas, guilt free. Thank you, Christmas!
So, what are YOU thankful for?